When I first started my blog just over a year ago, I never realised how much work would actually go into it. I started my blog as a hobby but quickly learnt that if I wanted people to read my posts there was a whole host of other stuff I needed to do as well, not just a few lines and a photo, hit publish and leave it.
It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes, we all have those kinda days where we think “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but I actually enjoy what I do and never want it to feel like writing a blog post feels like a chore.
I decided to use the same tips I have for anything else that’s gone on in my life, such as studying or work, and they have always helped me to stay motivated and achieve the best I possibly can.
Set Yourself Goals
Writing a list of achievable goals will help drive you to carry on, break them down into smaller bite sized chunks to make each one more manageable. I gave up writing a big long list of things I wanted to do in a year as I wasn’t getting much done at all, instead I focus more on realistic monthly goals and plan ahead for anything bigger I’d like or need to get done by the end of the year. I write them down in my diary at the start of each month , then I’ll have my daily and weekly to do lists, which I’ll check regularly, to help me stay on top of things and cross each one off when it’s completed.
I have always used a normal diary to keep myself organised, what ever the occasion or task I’m aiming to do. I tried doing a bullet journal after watching a YouTube video, but it didn’t work for me, maybe it was too structured. So I use a normal A4 page to view diary with the dates already in it, a monthly planner, a blank page at the start of each month and a huge notes section at the back. I still decorate it with stickers, coloured pens and doodles to make it more personal to me. It helps me keep track of what I’m meant to be doing and where I’m supposed to be on what day, it’s basically my life in a book!
Keeping my desk area tidy also helps me stay organised, a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Having a clutter free space to work in helps clear my mind and keeps me motivated with whatever task I’m doing.
Take Regular Breaks
I have been know to push myself so much to get something completed that I’ve ended up over tired, grouchy and hungry. Making sure I eat regular meals, getting creative in my scrapbook, painting my nails, coffee with a friend, whatever it takes to have time away from the PC or social media so that I come back feeling as fresh as a daisy. If I’ve been stuck in the office for a few days, I find going out to get some fresh air does me the world of good, it lowers my stress levels and I feel like a new person.
Be Proud Of Yourself
You know that wonderful feeling you have when you’ve achieved something your super happy with, a photo you’ve taken, a piece of work you’ve written, well tell yourself how proud your are. It inspires me to aim for something even better next time. Write it down in a notebook or journal, so you can refer back to it when you’re not feeling so positive. Don’t settle for telling yourself “Yeah, that’ll do” when you’ve created something amazing.
Inspiration Is Right In Front Of You
Things that inspire me really do keep me motivated. Pinterest is a great one for finding ideas on just about anything. Very often though, inspiration is there right in front of you, in magazines, books, stuff you have on your notice board or wall in your room and even that dusty old scrapbook you forgotten you had, Talking to other people in our lives, at home, work or uni, can really inspire us to get motivated and achieve all those goals we’ve set ourselves. I love sitting outside people watching, it’s a great way to gain inspiration, I’ll jot down any ideas in my notebook because you can guarantee I’ll have forgotten it by the time I get home!
Surrounding ourselves with positive people who really inspire us to do better and achieve more of our goals is a fantastic way to stay motivated, I found out the hard way by having controlling and negative people in my life, so moving away was the best thing I ever did.
How do you stay motivated? Can you give me anymore tips?